"What Color was Captain Kirk's Tunic"
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But what was the cause of the confusion in the first place? The change in shade to the naked eye (under most lighting conditions, even natural light) is so subtle that you’d be hard pressed to even discern it. Under most conditions it’s just a pinch more gold/yellow, but in an episode of Star Trek the shirt would turn decidedly gold. Why?
There were actually a number of different factors that led to this color shift. Stage lighting and optical color timing did their part to shift the color of the intended green to gold, but another factor had to do with the film stock The Original Series was shot on.
The Eastman Kodak 5251 negative film that was used for TOS had a color range that favored a warmer pallet. This tended to shift things more towards a yellow shade, and how we get a gold tunic from the green that William Ware Theiss intended for the show's "Unrestricted Line Officers."
Taking all that into account even regular photography can shift the color of the tunic to something more gold. I call this “The Camera Trick”, and if you saw us at conventions in the past you might have seen it.
Here I am in my tunic, pictured outdoors in natural daylight without a filter.
Let's take a look at one of our Premier Kirk Tunics. The same shirt, in two photos with different lighting.
Taken indoors, artificial light, no filter. One with the camera flash (left) and one with no flash (right).
I just hold my phone in camera mode over it and what happens is exactly what happened with TV cameras in 1969 – the Command Tunic turns gold!